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Fire hazards in the kitchen

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

frying pan on fire on top of stove Kitchen Fire!

Our kitchens are the hub of most homes and a place to gather together, But our kitchens are also the most dangerous room in the house when it comes to fire!

According to the NFPA, Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

Follow these Safety Tips for Cooking

Staying in the kitchen to keep watch over what is cooking is not the only fire safety tip you should be following.

  1. Watch out for your clothing. If you are wearing long, flowing sleeves or big, baggy clothing, it could catch on fire if you aren’t careful and it comes into contact with an open flame or a stove’s hot surface. It’s best to wear short or close-fitted sleeve shirts and make sure any baggy shirts are tucked in or tied back.
  2. Watch the items that are placed around or on the stovetop. Kitchen towels, oven mitts, appliance cords or even curtains too close to the stovetop when cooking are quick to catch fire. Ideally, anything flammable needs to be moved away from it.
  3. There needs to be a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen. Hopefully you have at least one fire extinguisher located in your home near your kitchen. Be sure that you know how to properly use the extinguisher, just in case it is ever needed.
  4. Hot grease should not be thrown in the garbage can. While the grease may not be on fire, it may just be hot enough to cause something in the trash to ignite and burn. Let the grease cool for a while before disposing of it in an old coffee can. Also, know the “smoke point” temperatures of oils you cook with. Never subject a low-smoke point oil to high heat when cooking, as it could catch fire.
  5. Create and establish an escape plan in the event of a fire. Who wants to thinks about worst-case scenarios? Nobody, but it’s better to be prepared should an emergency occur. Go over exit routes and designated meeting points with your family, making sure that everyone knows what to do.

Fire safety in the kitchen is an absolute necessity, as it can help prevent dangerous and destructive cooking fires. If your home has experienced damage from a cooking fire, know that SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How do I choose a restoration Company?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

bright orange and green SERVPRO sign with black lettering on it Why should I choose SERVPRO?

We hope to never have to deal with a burst pipe, flooded basement or other water damage in our home or buildings.

Unfortunately; sooner or later it happens to us all.

 Here are some helpful tips for choosing the right commercial restoration company.

  1. Check for certification: IICRC promotes high standards, ethics, advance communication and technical proficiency amongst restoration services. All SERVPRO franchises are IICRC certified.
  2. The more services the better: Ideally, you should choose a restoration company that not only offers water damage restoration services but also provides other services such as mold damage remediation. Mold remediation is an important part of restoration work and any reputable restoration company should provide this service.
  3. Emergency services: The key to effective restoration after water damage is a quick response. It is important to look for a water damage restoration company that is operational 24/7 and provides emergency services. Water damage can strike at any moment without warning.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton also offers reconstructive services. It's our goal to be with you from start to finish.

For more information about our services give us a call today at 603-298-6942.

Skyler Says..Do you need help?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

young girl kneeling in room that is under reconstruction Post Construction clean up

Skyler Says..

Are you renovating your home? Having trouble with the cleanup?

When the remodel is done, you're left with a beautiful brand new space that is covered with a layer of construction dust that is nearly impossible to get rid of on your own.

If you’ve ever tried to clean up sheet rock dust or the fine sawdust left from the finish work, you know it’s easier to fit a square peg in a round hole. It seems impossible to sweep, wipe, or vacuum post construction dust without simple stirring it up and re-spreading. We have the solution and the tools to make it shine!

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Does your ductwork need some TLC?

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

man kneeling on floor pouring cleaning solution into bucket Does your ductwork need help?

Fall is here and that means Winter is right around the corner!

We close our homes and businesses up tight during the cold months and air quality can become an issue if you have dirty duct work.

This is the perfect time to think about getting your duct work inspected and cleaned if needed as well as getting your registers cleaned out. Ramon can be seen here doing just that.

If your duct work is in need of some TLC or you just have some questions about our process, give us a call today at 603-298-6942.

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Top Ten reasons for house fires and how to avoid them.

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damaged front door and glass panes Fire Prevention is key

Top Ten reasons for house fires and how to avoid them.

The thought of your home burning down is a nightmare and we all hope that this won't happen to us, but knowledge is our best tool and knowing the causes of fire can help us prevent it.

Cooking equipment

Pots and pans can overheat and cause a fire very easily if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. Always stay in the room, or ask someone to watch your food, when cooking on hotplates.

Heating

Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that could easily catch fire such as furniture, curtains, laundry, clothes and even yourself. If you have a furnace, get it inspected once a year to make sure it is working to safety standards.

Smoking in bedrooms

Bedrooms are best to be kept off limits for smoking. A cigarette that is not put out properly can cause a flame, as the butt may stay alit for a few hours. It could burst into flames if it came into contact with flammable materials, such as furniture.

Electrical equipment

An electrical appliance, such as a toaster can start a fire if it is faulty or has a frayed cord. A power strip that is overloaded with double adapter plugs can cause a fire from an overuse of electricity.

Candles

Candles look and smell pretty, but if left unattended they can cause a room to easily burst into flames. Keep candles away from any obviously flammable items such as books and tissue boxes and curtains. Always blow a candle out before leaving a room.

Curious children

Kids can cause a fire out of curiosity, to see what would happen if they set fire to an object. Keep any matches or lighters out of reach of children. Install a smoke alarm in your child’s room and practice a home escape plan with your children and family in case there was a fire.

Faulty wiring

 Homes with inadequate wiring can cause fires from electrical hazards. Some signs to see if you’ve bad wiring are:

  • Lights dim if you use another appliance.
  • For an appliance to work, you have to disconnect another.
  • Fuses blow or trip the circuit frequently.

Have a licensed electrician come and inspect you house, or contact your landlord if you have any of the above occurrences.

Barbecues

Barbecues are a great way to cook in the warmer months, but should always be used away from the home, tablecloths or any plants and tree branches.

Check the gas bottle for any leaks before you use it each time.

Flammable liquids

If you have any flammable liquids in the home or garage such as gasoline or kerosene  keep them away from heat sources and check the label before storing. Be careful when pouring these liquids.

Lighting

Lamp shades and light fittings can build up heat if they are very close to light bulbs. Check around the house to make sure. Lamp bases can become a hazard if they are able to be knocked over easily, and so should be removed if they are.

If you have any fire related questions, give us a call today at 603-298-6942. 

We LOVE hearing from our customers!!

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

closeup of mans face in hazmat suit SERVPRO is here for you!

We always love to hear back from our customers and appreciate it so much when we do!

Dear Sam and Crew------ As you know so well, having a fire is a traumatic event, even one as small as mine.---- But I hope you know that if that is your challenge, no one can help solve the wounds like SERVPRO, especially if you have Sam at the helm of a great crew. Sam, you've been amazing. Your knowledge, skill and focus have been an inspiration. I always felt that you listened, you cared, you acted.--- I love your unique approach to life --- The Frosting on the Cake.-- You truly make a difference. Thank you all for the great work you did to exceed your deadline. I am delighted -- But I will miss you. Strange?!! Keep up the great work. Cheers to Matt, too! Susan Hastings Hanover, N.H.

Thank you for this difficult task! I really appreciate the hard work and thoughtful help Ramon provided.

F.E. Littleton, N.H.

Staying Connected is the SERVPRO way!

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

compilation photo of people at fall festival Staying connected with our community

Staying Connected with our community is the SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton's way!

As a local business, we feel that it's extremely important to be active within our communities, and to take any opportunity that we can to help and support other local businesses as well as local charities through event sponsorship's, donations and drives.

Here are some of the fun things we've been honored to be a part of this year.

  • CHaD HERO Half Marathon
  • New Teacher Welcome Bags for SAU#6
  • 25th Annual West Newbury Firefighters Association Benefit Golf Tournament
  • 28th Annual Lebanon Police Department'Child Health and Community Programs Golf Tournament
  • 27th Annual Jim Wechsler Memorial Golf Classic
  • Lebanon NH Police Department 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  • Children's Scholarship Event Cookout

We look forward to many more years of staying connected with our communities and neighbors!

Winter is fast approaching and we all love a snow day in the Upper Valley!!

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

winter storm with fallen down tree in road Be prepared!

Prevent Winter Damage today!

 The reality is that major winter storms can wreak havoc in our everyday lives, causing inconvenience, discomfort and expensive damage.

Keep your home protected from these disruptions by following these tips:

  • Start by cleaning out the gutters.This allows melting snow a place to go and is helpful in the prevention of ice dams.
  • Inspect the roof for damaged shingles and damaged roof flashing. Both of which can let water into your home.
  • Check your Chimney for cracks and leaning. Both will need to be repaired before the winter sets in. Make sure that your chimney has a cap that is properly installed.
  • Get yourself a roof rake. Removing large amounts of snow from your roof will eliminate the chances of a roof collapse and help keep away the formations of ice dams.
  • Check your pipes. If you have pipes that are on exterior walls or unheated areas of your home; get them insulated before the really cold temperatures hit. No one wants to deal with burst pipes!
  • know where the main water valve is in your home. This is imperative if you do end up with some burst pipes.

Personal safety is a must!

  • Keep walkways clear of snow and ice with deicing products and make sure to have clear paths to your main water valve and circuit breaker in case of emergency.
  • Create and maintain a safety kit for each person in the event of an extended power outage.

For information on kits and what you should have in them; click here

Safety is the name of the game!

#HereToHelp #SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton

Storm Safety Tips for the Upper Valley

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

walking path lined with trees covered in beautiful fall leaves Walk into Fall safely

Fall tips for the Upper Valley

Fall brings with it cooler temps, pumpkins and beautiful falling leaves. Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Upper Valley and we don't tend to get a lot of storms, but when we do; they often bring high winds and rain with them.

As New Englanders, we need to make sure that we are prepared for the upcoming Winter storms as well as all of our Fall duties.

Here are some tips to help with your Fall and bring you into Winter.

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check the batteries frequently.
  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly.
  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.
  • Keep gutters free of leaves and debris.
  • Make sure that your yard is kept free of items such as, tree limbs and yard tools. These can become projectiles in a wind event.
  • If you haven't already, have your furnace serviced before the cold weather hits.
  • Reconsider Leaf Burning! According to the EPA, burning leaves produces air pollution which can lead to health problems.
  • Be sure to use caution if using space heaters,always allow at least three feet of empty area around space heaters.

Above all else, let's have a safe and a happy Fall season! SERVPRO cares!

How to prevent Ice dams in your Lebanon home!

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

ice buildup on a homes eaves Prevent ice dams in your Lebanon home

Water damage issues can be a year round problem in New England, but Winter is right around the corner,and that presents it's own set of challenges that homeowners need to deal with.

Ice dams being one!

According to Wikipedia "An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sloped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snow pack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of meltwater, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the meltwater, which may cause water leakage into the roof and consequent damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof".

Prevention is the key to tackling this problem and there are precautions that we can take.

  1. Remove snow from roof using a roof rake.This eliminates a key component in ice dam formation.
  2. Assure that you have sufficient insulation your roof to prevent freezing at the roof surface under a deep snow pack.
  3. Make sure to have sufficient ventilation in your attic so that the hot air can escape. This is needed to have a cold roof (below 30 F) to prevent melting.
  4. Make sure to have plenty of insulation in your attic floor as well. This will minimize the warming of the attic through heat loss of your living space.
  5. Wherever possible,especially in ceilings; seal possible air leaks. This works in conjunction with the insulation.
  6. Before Winter strikes, clean those gutters. Keeping them free of debris will allow a place for the melting snow to go.
  7. Keep some Calcium or Magnesium Chloride on hand. This can be used on an ice dam when you see it starting.

Northeast winters can be really hard on homes and even with all of these precautions, ice dams can happen; and with it comes the potential for water leaking into your home.

If you suspect that you may have water leaking into your home or find evidence of wet insulation, give SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton a call today at 603-298-6942. We're available 24 hours a day.

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